Tuck Shop review by Desmond & The Tutus

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  • Released: Sep 18, 2008
  • Sound: 8
  • Lyrics: 7
  • Overall Impression: 7
  • Reviewer's score: 7.3 Good
  • Users' score: 9 (3 votes)
Desmond & The Tutus: Tuck Shop

Sound — 8
Desmond & The Tutus are one of the best bands you've probably never heard of. There songs are creatively silly, and are the kind that sweep you up and have you dancing before you can even stop yourself. The South African foursome, formed in Pretoria in December 2005, are all good enough musicians in their own right, but this isn't the kind of album a musical purist would buy, but all the instruments work well enough together to be able to produce a smooth melody for the somewhat off-the-wall vocals. Their indie style is very addictive and catchy, but admittedly can be a bit repetitive.

Lyrics — 7
Look, let's get this out of the way, singer Shane Durrant is not technically the greatest vocalist you'll come across, but with Desmond & The Tutus, you won't really care. The lyrics are very clever, and very insightful. The sense of humor is very evident, as he songs about situations that will probably happen, and some that are even difficult to imagine, and life and times in South Africa. You can't help but smile listening to him rant on about those idiots that think they're cool, and his comparisons and just all round wit. To be honest, I think if he was a good Vocalist it would all sound, well wrong.

Overall Impression — 7
Some of the better songs on the album include the opening track "Peter" (the up-beat, get-yer-a-s-on-the-dance-floor type of song about a father who desperately wants a son, but had 12 daughters and eventually gave up and named the last one Peter), "German Modern" (a off-the wall style of song praising the German drum machine techno style of music) and "High Fives" (A funk driven song about a childhood friend called Daryl who gives the hardest high fives ever). I love the concept of being able to be so seriously silly. It's something completely fresh & new, and definitely worth checking out. It can get a bit repetitive at times, and not all moods will appreciate it but overall, It's a solid, good album. If it were stolen/lost, I would have to buy another one. Just for those silly days!

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